Fireman gets ready for lift with a difference
Posted on 8 February 2017
A Canterbury firefighter practiced a drill with a difference. Mark Jones, red watch manager at Canterbury fire station, has this week signed up for a new assignment – performing a ‘fireman’s lift’ over 800 degree hot coals for charity.
Local Mum Amy Morris volunteers at the hospice as a receptionist and when she heard about the upcoming Pilgrims Firewalk, a barefoot walk over red-hot wood embers measuring around 800 degrees, she wanted to take part – but as a double leg amputee Amy didn’t think it would be possible.
I love to get involved with Pilgrims fundraising.
Amy said: “I love to get involved with fundraising and I laughingly said to the fundraising manager Deborah ‘this one is not for me, my artificial legs would melt’. With that, Deborah was in contact with Kent Fire and Rescue Service asking for a volunteer to carry me over the flames!”
It wasn’t long before Mark and his friends at Canterbury fire station came to the rescue, apparently taking it all in their stride.
“I’ve been a firefighter in Kent for 20 years and the role is diverse to say the least but this is a first! A firewalk has been on my bucket list of things to do for a while so I was really up for this challenge,” he said. “I am very proud to be contributing and having the opportunity to share Amy’s firewalk experience.”
I’m very proud to be contributing and to share Amy’s firewalk experience.
Mark will be raising sponsorship through JustGiving for Pilgrims Hospices and for the Fire Fighters Charity.
He added: “My mum was a district nurse and now volunteers for Pilgrims Hospices, and the Kent Fire and Rescue Service team all appreciate the dedication that the nurses and supporting teams have in caring for patients and families who need their help the most.
Amy, a mum of two boys, is looking forward to the challenge too: “I’ve been a volunteer with Pilgrims for about three years. As my boys were at school I decided to share some of my free time with this amazing organisation, which is full of such brilliant and caring people.
“I’m really excited and quite nervous about doing this challenge with Mark. He has assured me that we will both be completely safe and he will not be hanging around on the walk. It’s great to be doing this fundraising for the hospices, I haven’t set myself a fundraising goal but I know so many of my friends and family will be donation and cheering Mark and I along the red hot walk on 3rd March.”
This is a first for a fireman’s lift.
Robert Grew Pilgrims Events Organiser said: “Our firewalk expert Cliff Mann says this is a first for a fireman’s lift and has assured us that all safety aspects have been considered. I’m sure that Amy and Mark will be buzzing for days after their experience. It really is empowering. With every single step, they will be making an incredible difference to our patients and their families.”
You can register for Firewalk on here.
Register for £23 with a pledge to raise at least £100 in sponsorship
University of Kent, Canterbury – 3 March 2017 (Fully booked)
Saga Pavilion, Folkestone – 4 March 2017
Homewood School, Tenterden – 10 March 2017
Tides Leisure Centre, Deal – 11 March 2017
Whatever your passion, there’s something for everyone this year. Check out Pilgrims Hospices Events 2017.
Each year Pilgrims supports hundreds of local people coping with a life limiting illness and their families. The charity offers a range of services: from end of life care given on its wards, to its new wellbeing and social programme supporting people after they are diagnosed to live well and stay independent.
Care is provided from three hospice sites in Ashford, Canterbury and Thanet as well as in patients’ own homes. To offer these services to patients and their families the charity must raise £11 million each year from the generous local community.